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Divya Kumar - Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. Hinks and Elaine Shimberg at a theater event in 2007. The couple met in 1960 and were married the following year. “I took one look at her and knew she was special,” Hinks Shimberg said of his wife, who died on Wednesday at age 84.
  2. The USF Forest Preserve, north of the university's Tampa campus, is home to a cypress flood plain. Critics of a plan to seek developer interest in the preserve say the habitat is important for clean drinking water, flood mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions storage in Tampa Bay.
  3. A new study will attempt to explore the reasons people experience severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines.
  4. Rev. Randall Meissen distributes Holy Communion at a Mass for graduating seniors in Abbey Church at Saint Leo University. He said of ministering to college students: “It no longer works to simply ring the church bells and hope that young people come through the doors.”
  5. The University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where officials on Tuesday announced a $44.4 million federal grant to study the impact of an experimental treatment for various types of dementia.
  6. Nova Southeastern University opened its Tampa Bay Regional Campus in September 2019. The school announced Friday that it would require all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus this fall for in-person classes.
  7. Bishop Gregory Parkes announces on Wednesday that the obligation for Catholics to return to mass will resume the weekend of May 22, with exemptions for certain groups.
  8. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where researchers are looking for 1,000 student volunteers to help find out if COVID-19 spreads after people are vaccinated.
  9. Florida State University was among state schools with top-rated graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings.
  10. Rev. Paul Gibson addresses parishioners Friday during a celebration marking the 110th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church at Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue N in St. Petersburg.
  11. Tomas Perdomo grouts the tile floor of the sanctuary during a renovation of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa on Thursday. The project, which highlights a towering stained-glass window at the head of the church, will be done in time for Easter services.
  12. A new bill protecting intellectual freedom on campuses would prevent universities from "shielding" their communities from controversial speakers. Last fall, Kaitlin Bennett, a gun rights advocate who hosts the Liberty Hangout visited the University of South Florida campus.
  13. University of Tampa graduating seniors Emma Stange, Jacie Steele and Allison Clark decided to plan an in-person commencement ceremony after hearing their school was planning a virtual one. (Photo courtesy of Emma Stange).
  14. The University of South Florida announced its first in-person graduation ceremonies since the beginning of the pandemic would be held at Tropicana Field in May. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)
  15. Fai Howard, assistant dean for upper-level initiatives at the University of South Florida, has sued the university in federal court, citing a pay disparity.
  16. La vacuna contra el COVID-19 de Johnson & Johnson. Foto: AP
  17. A vial of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine approved in February by the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday. The vaccine rollout will be the primary focus of Zoom sessions hosted by Spanish-speaking members of the University of South Florida College of Public Health, starting March 16.
  18. El sindicato United Faculty of Florida está pidiendo que se amplíe el acceso a las vacunas a los profesores y al personal de estudios superiores y universidades de Florida
  19. The United Faculty of Florida union is calling on vaccine access to be expanded to faculty and staff at Florida's colleges and universities.
  20. Mar. 3• The Education Gradebook
    An aerial view of the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where officials said Wednesday that the school plans a return to in-person classes and activities for the fall 2021 semester.
  21. After top officials resigned from Moffitt Cancer Center over allegations of inappropriate ties to China, the state formed a committee in 2019 to look into foreign influences. Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis touted proposed legislation designed to combat it.
  22. Graduate assistants Dylan Allen and Marisa Garrison work on the genetic sequencing project at the University of South Florida.
  23. Cars pick up gifts and drop of food donations Sunday at the Congregation B'nai Israel during preparations for Purim.